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Strength, from weakness.

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’…”
(2 Corinthians 12:9)
Strength, from weakness.
You know, Paul said it is when we are weak, he makes us strong. Here we are reminded that no matter what we are facing in our lives, when we feel we are at a point of no return, when we feel weak, if we confide in him, his strength will be enough to make it all worthwhile.
God can handle any challenge we face.
I know I constantly talk about hardships, its because we all go through them.
Its in our hardship that we need to trust in him, but not only that, when things are going great; praise him, glorify him, so he can always provide the strength you need when feeling weak.
One of the my most weakest moments in my life was child birth.
My oldest son was enroute.
We were in the delivery room.
I pushed, pushed and pushed.
He kept going back up.
It was like he did not want to come out in to this world (I kind of don’t blame him).
After about an hour of pushing, I felt weak.
My mom said a little prayer.
I found some strength.
Together my mom and my husband grabbed my legs, as I pushed, they pushed inward.
Poof the baby arrived.
I felt so drained, so weak, physically, emotionally, mentally weak.
This is a natural process that millions of women did before me and millions more will continue to do so after me.
I felt weak, it was through that weakness, with my mothers comforting words, God provided not only the physical strength from within, but exterior strength using my mom and spouse.
We need to always trust that God will handle all our circumstances and he will find a solution.
We also have to do our part in faith, with trust, to get towards that victory.
We have to pray, we have to believe,
and we have to press through to victory.
No matter what you are facing know his grace is sufficent to provide the strength.
Have faith, because when you are weak, he will provide the strength you need to cary on.
Father I thank you for the strength you continously provide. There are times I feel down and out. There are times I feel I will not make it. My faith in you has shown me that you have been able to provide, when I thought I would never. In my weakness, your provided strength. Your grace, your love, and you have always been sufficient for me. Thank you. Amen.
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​ He Prepares our Paths

“I will go before you and make the crooked places straight…”
(Isaiah 45:2, NKJV)
He Prepares our Paths
We all have moments where no matter what we do, no matter how hard we try, we just seem to stay stuck. We cannot move forward. There were no warning signs that constructions were going on down the road. There were no signs of roadblocks. No signs that we would be stuck in traffic.
Life isn’t like the I-95.
Our Walk with Christ is not like route 66.
We are not always prepared for the hard stops that comes our way.
We were headed down the right path, and bam, blind-sighted now you are steering off the course of the road.
It will be OK.
It happens, to many of us.
Know that when you declared that you believe in Christ and that you choose to follow in his footsteps that he Promised to guide and protect you. The Spirit is your eyes and ears for what lays ahead. You need to trust in the Spirit and confide in God and you will find a way back to your path.
Isaiah said ” I will go before you and make the crooked places straight”. The Lord is declaring to trust in him, he see’s what lies ahead.
He knows what your future holds. Trust in him as you walk, for those hurdles that come towards you, those roadblocks, that person trying to side swipe you, all that will be taken cared of and those crooked bends along the road will be made straight again for you.
We all face hardships in life. You may be going through a bump in your road. Just know that you have already been given the rubric to get back to your path.
The Blueprint, the GPS, the map is in your possession. You know what you need to do in your time of need. I know what I need to know in my time of need.
It is time we stop ignoring what we know and listen to the voice of reason to get back on course.
If you need help to remember what is needed to get done to get back on track lets start with this:
1- Pray. Pray about your circumstance, pray about what you need to do and for guidnce so you can listen to God as he provides you direction.
2- Stand before a mirror. Look at your flaws. Look at your attitude. Look at anything in your reflections where you can visibly see what you need to change (attitude, action, etc).
3- Rebuke negativity. Even while knowing it may be my attitude that needs adjusting, do not fret on that. Do not fret on negativity that has yet to pass.
4- Praise him. Praise him. In your worship ask for guidance. He shall provide.
5 – Thank him. Thank him in your darkest hour, thank him in your finest hour. Thank him for this too shall be a life lesson you could look back to and reference as a testimony to help another.
6- Victory is coming. you know what you need to do.
7- Thank him, praise him again once you get back on your path & Pray.
Father God I thank you today for being bale to wake up and glorify your holy name. I thank you for my circumstances. I many not always like the cards death before me, but I thank you. I will learn from today and I will seek your guidance to trust you enough to get me on the path you want me to go. Thank you for preparing my path, for knowing what lies ahead, for ensuring my safety and”Lord in heaven, thank You for Your goodness in my life. Thank You for preparing the path for my life and making my crooked places straight. Thank you for my restoration, for my life, for my redemption, for your guidance and the lessons you have provided in my life. I submit myself to you, I submit all aspects of my life to you. I surrender my fears, my problems, my despairs, my anguish, I will trust wholeheartedly in you to for your guidance. Amen

Shackles & Chains

Ever felt like you were trapped in a cell like Paul an Silas?Locked, trapped, shackled, surrounded by four walls?

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We’ve all experienced moments where we felt at a loss. Trapped. Suffocated. Isolated.
We all face trials and tribulations, some are bigger than others, some can even leave you in a situation of imprisonment. (Please for your own sake don’t let it get to that point).
So how do we get out of it?

How do we face our trials? Our moments of isolation and imprisonment?
Do exactly what Paul and Silas did.

Have you not heard what happened?
While imprisoned they started praying and praising.

What good did that do you ask?

They were freed.

The earth shook, the doors opened, the walls crumbled and they were freed. The romans weren’t too pleased but that was the least of their concern.
During their imprisonment do you know what Paul and Silas did?

They prayed, they praised, they prayed, they praised and then they did it all again.

Then they were taken out of prison.

God got them out…. broke them free…. a biblical Prison Break.

The full story of the events mentioned can be found in Acts 16:16-40; verses 16-24 discuss the events that unfolded that got Paul and Silas in Jail.

Verse 25-About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Prayers and praising God during the good and the bad God can release the shackles that bound you, he can break those chains. In the case of Paul and Silas it was literal, he literally broke the chains and shackled and freed them from their bondage.
This shows that their is power in calling on the name of Jesus. There is power in praising God. There is power in keeping faith even when the odds are against you. There is power in the grand I am.
Father today I ask you to free me from this bondage. To break away the shackles and chains. God I ask you to shake the earth so your presence is felt. I am grateful for you dear lord. Grateful for the air I breathe, the life you’ve given me, the people in my life. I’m grateful and thankful for all the life lessons you’ve taught me along the way. Even when the odds it seemed were stacked against me, you showed me that no matter what I am here, with you, and you will surpass this. I Pray for you reading this. That God provides you with what you need to break the chains, break those shackles and free you from your bondage. Amen.

Faithful and Ungrateful 

I was thinking about how the times are now and how much things have changed. Then I happened to see this image floating around social media.

Here is a modern day depiction of Jesus feeding the 5000 in 2017.
When Jesus fed the 5000, there were only two baskets with bread and fish. Two baskets to feed 5000 whom followed Jesus. Jesus prayed, he blessed the baskets and suddenly there was enough to feed 5000. Everyone at the time was beyond grateful. They were fed, were happy for this miracle for all were fed.

In the 2000+ years since this miracle you can see in this cartoon how much distrust we have in humanity, in one another, and even in ones faith.

How the enemy has infiltrated many of our thoughts. How we nitpick at everything.
Read the captions in the image and you see the following:

“I can’t eat that I’m vegan.”

“Has that fish been tested for mercury?”

“Is that bread gluten-free?”
This caption shows that in the midst of our struggles, while pleading for a miracle, we are being selective to the blessing we are to receive. It’s our way or the high way? Eat the fish or starve? Was there an expectation for a specific miracle?

Yes! That’s it! There’s usually an expectation.

Many of us accepts the miracles and answers we get from God when we are facing obstacles, struggles, trials and tribulations. Many of us see the struggle we are in and ask for a specific form of “miracle” or reprieve from the obstacle we are in. In doing so what we fail to realize is that, sometimes the answer we are looking for is not always the answer we want.

Sometimes to get through that obstacle we have to hear or do something we didn’t think or want to do.
If God were to be selective of our salvation the way we are selective in how we receive his blessings and answers, many of us wouldn’t be saved.
Picture God throwing tantrums like we do and saying:

“You didn’t kneel to pray, there goes your salvation”

“You didn’t pray enough, there goes your salvation”

“You didn’t fast enough, there goes your salvation”

God isn’t doing that.
Yes he wants us to pray.

Yes he wants us to kneel before his presence.

Yes he wants us to fast and make sacrifices for him.

He wants us to praise him

He wants us to Love him
Abide by his laws

Be kind to one another

Love one another

Help one another

But all in his glory.

Second guessing a miracle or a good act in faith, second guessing or being specific with an answer to help you face an obstacle is a problem.
How do we fix this problem?
We have to kneel down and pray. We need to realize that your way is not his way, and you need to accept that.
He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end, the creator of all things, the king of kings, one divine true Living God.
He knows your future.

He knows when your time on earth ends.

He had counted every hair on your body.

He is the answer to your obstacle.

He can give you the answer, take you out of that situation.

You need to trust in him.

Abide in him.
We are living scary times.

Times of xenophobia.

Times of homophobia.

Times of racism.

Times of discrimination.

Times of hatred.

Times of fear.

Times where to proclaim god is perceived as sin.
These times we are in can affect how we deal with our trials and tribulations. In order to overcome these trials in the midsts of the times we have things we need to do.
We need to listen to God.

We need to obey.

We need to hear.

We need to pray.

We need to fast.

We need to praise.

We need to trust.

We need to have faith.
In the midst of our struggles, obstacles, trials and tribulations we need to sometimes cross the valley of death, we need to face those challenges we do not want to face.

The ultimate reward will be worthwhile when we follow what God wants us to do and heed his advice vs being specific on how we want things. We can’t ask for a miracle and then want to omit certain aspects of the miracles.
Father I thank you. I thank you for allowing the obstacles, the trials and tribulations. Father these paths which include these hurdles I know are meant to teach me, to have my faith grow, to bring me closer to you. Father help me to listen more to you, so when you provide an answer, or when you bring forth a miracle that I accept all that you allow to answer the petition, to solve that obstacle. I ask for guidance during my tribulations my lord, for you to allow the Holy Spirit to manifest and guide me when I travel down roads not traveled, while I face challenges I do not want to face, while I have to do things I may not want to do. I know it takes work. I know I have to do my part. I do not want to nitpick my way to salvation dear Lord, nor do I want the easy way out. I do not want to be selective of my blessings. I want to learn, I want to grow and I want to be able to accept all that you provide me.

Amen.